One way in which the freedom of religion or belief in a country can be measured is whether minorities are permitted to carry out their own rituals during key 'rites of passage' such as birth, marriage and death.
One of the world's fastest-growing Christian communities is that in Nepal. Between the censuses of 2001 and 2011 its Christian population more than doubled from 180,000 to 375,699....More»
While the Iraqi military forces are pushing fighters of self-proclaimed Islamic State out of Mosul, their last stronghold, Foreign Ministers from 68 countries met yesterday in Washington to discuss next steps in defeating the militant group. They also discussed 'post ISIS' scenarios such as how to rebuild Mosul, as refugees start trickling back to their home villages....More»
The Russian Orthodox Church is convinced of the need to bury Vladimir Lenin's body, when there will be enough prerequisites, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com....More»
Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin-and now London.
Wednesday's deadly attack at the Houses of Parliament marks the fifth time in 16 months that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has sent chaplains to a European city following an act of terrorism.
"Please pray for those wounded and for the families of those killed in the attack outside the UK Parliament today," Franklin Graham tweeted Wednesday afternoon before announcing that chaplains would be ministering in London....More»
This story was originally published on Dec. 6, 2013-the day following Nelson Mandela's death.
Editor's Note: On this date in 1973, Billy Graham called for an end to apartheid at the first series of integrated meetings in South Africa. This posture toward racial reconciliation was consistent with Mr. Graham's ministry, as two decades prior-in segregated Chattanooga, Tenn.-he personally removed the ropes of segregation before he would preach....More»
Indonesian authorities in Bogor, West Java, have banned three churches from holding religious activities. According to UCANews the Methodist Church Indonesia, Huria Batak Protestant Church and a house used by Catholics for catechism classes were ordered to close their doors. Local authorities said they could not guarantee the safety of the communities....More»
India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have consolidated its political position across India after the party won several state elections. These were held in February and March; after results were counted in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, it had secured a comfortable majority in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, while achieving more dominance in other states, despite fears that the recent ban on currency would affect the ruling party's fortunes.
Hunger and thirst often prevent members of Kamakowa Baptist Church in Kimusu, Kenya from attending worship, pastor Tom Ogalo Ngoya told Baptist Press in an appeal for aid to the country where drought is a national disaster, Christian Telegraph reports.
"It's [disheartening] to watch your children beg for water and food," Ngoya emailed BP after Kenya's government declared the drought a national disaster in February. Members of the congregation "are often not in the church due to lack of food and water for them to drink and for the animals. Children are malnourished due to lack of food to eat. Adults are helpless because they cannot feed their family."...More»
Turkey has broken its silence on the Andrew Brunson case. Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7th on charges of terrorist connections. But, so far, no evidence has been presented except for an anonymous witness. The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated earlier this month that the country may be willing to speed up Brunson's trial, Christian Telegraph reports acording to Mission Network News....More»
ORLANDO, FL (ANS - March 22, 2017) -- In 1980, Lee Strobel's award-winning, investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. However, things at home aren't going nearly as well. His wife Leslie's new-found faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to try and disprove the claims of Christianity, pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith.
Now this compelling story has been made into a feature-length movie called "The Case for Christ" -- to be released in 1,100 theaters in the US on April 7, 2017 -- and ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, himself a former tabloid journalist, was able to talk with Lee and Leslie Strobel at Proclaim 17, the recent NRB Convention in Orlando, Florida....More»
PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope.
Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy. ...More»
Turkey's EU agreement brought the passage of refugees through Greece to a near halt. But it also stranded thousands of refugees on islands just off the mainland. It's here where relief agencies are noting disturbing trends. Not only has movement stopped, but so has the healthy growth and development of children and young adults, Christian Telegraph reports according to Mission Network News....More»
On Friday, March 17, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasily Hrytsak said, that a religious scholar from Donetsk Igor Kozlovsky, who is held captive for a year by the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (ATO zone in the east of Ukraine), will be added to the list of exchanges, Christian Telegraph reports according to the Christian Megaportal invictory.com....More»
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS - March 20, 2017) -- Actress Alexa PenaVega can't believe what happened when a group of prayer warriors gathered around her grandmother's bedside as she began to go the way of all the earth.
"This past week has been a struggle for my family as our beautiful abuelita (grandma) was on life support," PenaVega said on an Instagram post....More»
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- March 21, 2017) -- At the macroscopic level, the heavens declare the glory of God, the psalmist declares. But at the microscopic level, the same glorious handiworks of a Creator are displayed in wondrous ways.
Bryan at microphone“The molecular machines that are working inside each of our bodies at this moment scream of a designer,” Brian Johnson, one of the founders of South Dakota Apologetics, told writer and apologist Sean McDowell recently....More»
DONCASTER, UK (ANS - March 21, 2017) -- As genocide is being committed against Christians, Yazidis and even "dissident" Muslims across the Arab world, the international finger of criticism continues to point at Israel.
The latest example is a UN report urging swift action to oppose and end Israeli "apartheid", although this has since been withdrawn from the international body's website on the orders of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres following pressure from the United States.1...More»